Day 1: From Hotel to Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
This morning we drive through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to
Marangu Gate, where you enter Kilimanjaro National Park and start your
climb. Today’s trek takes 4-5 hours through tropical rainforest to reach
- Hiking Time:4-5 hours
- Total Distance:7 km
- Starting Altitude: 1830m (6,000ft)
- Final Altitude: 2740m (9,000ft)
- Environment:Montane (rain) Forest
Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Your second day on the mountain starts with a fairly steep climb through the last of the rain-forest up to alpine meadows dotted with giant heather.
Further on, the environment changes to open heath with stunted vegetation before opening out to bleak moorland.
Today you will gain approximately 1,000m in altitude, so walk slowly in order to acclimatize properly. It is normally a 6-7 hour hike to reach Horombo Hut.
- Hiking Time:5-6 hours
- Total Distance:11 km
- Starting Altitude: 2700m (9,000ft)
- Final Altitude:3700m (12,141ft)
Day 3: Acclimization at Horombo
Today you will take a short walk up to Mawenzi base camp and come back to Horombo. This will be an opportunity to acclimatize and understanding the Mountain weather and altitude.
Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut (15,463 ft)
The terrain now becomes progressively more rocky and rugged and giant groundsels and lobelias make their appearance. The trail skirts Mawenzi Peak, before crossing a stark, almost lunar landscape and the tundra desert of ‘the saddle”.
The hike to Kibo Hut takes anything from 5 to 7 hours and the views from the saddle is breathtaking. Make this an early night – your attempt on Uhuru Peak starts at midnight.
- Hiking Time:6-7 hours
- Total Distance:10 km
- Starting Altitude: 3700m (12,141ft)
- Final Altitude: 4695m (15,400ft)
- Environment:Semi Desert
Day 5: Kibo Hut – Summit (19,340 ft) – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft)
Soon after midnight, you will be awakened by your guides to start the zigzag trek up a long scree slope. After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave and from here the gradient gets steeper. Continue your climb for approximately another 3 hours to Gilman’s Point and you will be rewarded by the dramatic sight of the rising sun reflecting off the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi.
Walk along the crater rim for another couple of hours to reach your goal – Uhuru Peak, towering at 19,340 ft. After congratulating yourself and your companions on this great achievement, descend to Kibo Hut for rest and refreshment before continuing to Horombo Hut for your last night on the mountain.
- Hiking Time:11-15 hours
- Total Distance:18.5 km
- Starting Altitude:4695m (15,000ft) – Uhuru Peak 5895m(19,340ft)
- Descend Final Altitude:3700m (12140ft)
- Environment:Alpine Desert
Day 6: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate
After a leisurely breakfast, make your final descent across the alpine meadow, past Mandara Hut and on down through the rainforest to Marangu Gate, where your driver and vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to your Hotel
- Hiking Time:6-7 hours
- Total Distance:18 km
- Starting Altitude:3700m (12,140ft)
- Final Altitude:1830 (6000ft)
- Environment:Rain Forest